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The System by Jeff Benedict
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So out of all the sports I follow, college football is at the bottom of my list - and almost every reason why is exhibited here (in no order):

1) the horrific crimes players often get away with with little-to-no consequence
2) The way universities put
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How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer
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A fascinating, fast-paced read that takes the reader on a journey through some of the most soccer-mad countries in the world (and in the US), and draws out how soccer and the prevailing cultural and political climate can intertwine.

My only thought wo
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Golazo! by Andreas Campomar
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A great premise, with uneven execution. I would probably have enjoyed reading it more if I was more familiar with South American soccer/football history. Also disappointed that the book says it's a history of Latin American football, but almost entir ...more
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Ted Williams by Leigh Montville
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One of a very, very few sports biographies I've read that actually reads like a good, entertaining book. It is a full portrait of Williams, warts and all, although the very unsympathetic portrayal of his son John-Henry seems a bit one sided.
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Up, Up, and Away by Jonah Keri
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Miles better than the Extra 2%. Maybe it's because as a kid I always had a soft spot for the Expos, the polar opposite of the Yankees. Maybe it's because of my love of Vladimir Guerrero. Maybe it's because the idea that baseball's 1994 strike killed ...more
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The Teammates by David Halberstam
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Well written and a good portrayal of the individual players, but I hard time getting a sense of the four (doerr, DiMaggio, pesky, and Williams) as friends.
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Luckiest Man by Jonathan Eig
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
by Jonathan Eig (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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A very readable biography of Gehrig that doesn't strain credulity with a subject that is so easy to mythologize. I will be honest, despite being a huge baseball fan, I was more intrigued with the biography's latter half, which becomes a discussion of ...more
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The Original Curse by Sean Deveney
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This is a very good account of the 1918 baseball season and the unique circumstances - namely, WWI - that consistently threatened it, since most baseball players were constantly being drafted and called up. Although the US involvement in WWI wasn't v ...more
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Jews And Baseball by Burton A. Boxerman
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That sports-pamphlet AIRPLANE! joke is a lie =)

This book excels mostly when connecting Jews in baseball (whether as players, owners, writers, or otherwise involved) with the Jewish experience in America at the similar time.
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The Fear by Peter Godwin
The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe
by Peter Godwin (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2015
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Stunning, haunting, tragic. This isn't just an academic or top-down look at the chaos that Robert Mugabe has caused, but how a paranoid dictator and his henchman can destroy everything that was once good about a country. Zimbabwe should be one of the ...more
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